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Mysteries of Body Wisdom

By Patrick Marsolek

Does your body know what is right or wrong for you? Can you use your body to discover the roots of an illness, find out what foods are good for you, look into your future or even find truth? There are many different alternative thera­py practitioners who believe you can. Have you been to a chiropractor, experienced Touch For Health or Body Talk, or had your Naturopath test you to determine what allergies you have or which vitamins you should be taking? All of these…

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Junk DNA or Not?

Brendan Murphy

The vast majority of our DNA “text” is not used in the coding of proteins and enzymes—it is noncoding—and scientists generally have no idea of what its purpose might be. Thus, in their infinite wisdom, they initially dubbed it ‘junk DNA.’ How much of our DNA is junk? About 95–98 percent—rather a lot of waste for Nature to hang onto, I think you will agree (some scientific estimates go as high as 99%). Since it is not responsible for constructing our basic physical form, its…

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The Age of a Sage

By John White

A recent talk show on a major network said that some scientists studying longevity believe humans can, through medical science, live to 125. The critical factors, the show host said, were diet, exercise and replacement of worn-out parts with new ones grown in the laboratory. Apparently, they’d never heard of yogis and other spiritual masters living to 200 and beyond. That is not to say all yogis and sages are long-lived; they clearly aren’t. Nor is it to say they have the longest aver­age lifespan;…

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Voice Power

BY CYNTHIA LOGAN

Gguung…ggaang…gginngg: these gargly syllables accompany various groaning, laughing, nonsensical and utterly sil­ly sounds coming from slack-jawed participants in James D’Angelo’s workshop: Awakening Chakra Energies Through Sound. They’re here to “free up” their voices and discover the power of the voice to heal. The circle is composed of professional musicians, singers, orators and ordinary people who want to experience what D’Angelo describes in his book, The Healing Power of the Human Voice (Healing Arts Press 2005). Readers can join the group by using the ac­companying CD,…

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The Homeopathic Solution

By Patrick Marsolek

Homeopathy may currently be science’s least favorite anomaly. Although many scientists and doctors are hoping homeopathy will finally go away for good, the system of alternative medicine seems to be more popular than ever. Hardened skeptics and materialists like Richard Dawkins would like to see public support and taxpayer funding of homeopathy removed, claiming it to be a pseudoscience and a dangerous enemy to reason in our culture. At the same time, homeopathy is an integral part of the healthcare systems of Germany, the United…

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Wholistic Anatomy

BY CYNTHIA LOGAN

I may be wrong, but I’m guessing you probably weren’t high school jocks, nor were you devastated if your favorite college football team didn’t make it to the playoffs. No. I’m thinking our readers are frontrunners (so to speak) at­tracted to cerebral pursuits or bodymind disciplines like yoga, Tai Chi, kayaking—even tennis or golf, especially if played in the ‘inner’ manner that includes a spiritual component. Even so, you may be missing the most important aspect of a fully satisfying embodiment—somatic awareness, or kinesthetic intelligence….

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Healing Vibes

BY CYNTHIA LOGAN

Dr. Richard Gerber has just finished the half-hour commute from his two-story home in the Detroit suburbs, where he enjoyed a vegetarian breakfast on his deck, which overlooks a large garden, beautiful landscaping and the peaceful flow and gentle sounds of a nearby river. Well nourished in body, mind and spirit, he is now sitting in his office at St. John Macomb Hospital just outside Livonia, Michigan, where he is a staff internist. He arrives early each day, not to study charts, but to pray…

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As Above So Below

By Patrick Marsolek

Our exploration of the universe arises from our singular experience of being in a physical body. Our spirituality, mathematics, physics, medicine, and science are all colored and informed by the capacities of our body. Modern science and medicine have achieved great understanding of our bodies, but in some ways, both are only scratching the surface of the physical body’s complexity and its relationships. There are the more intangible qualities of emotion, consciousness, and subtle energies that accompany the human physical experience that mechanistic science has…

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Plant Wisdom

BY CYNTHIA LOGAN

With an IQ reportedly off the charts, Stephen Harrod Buhner might rightly claim to be one of the most intelligent people on the planet. Nevertheless, for this member of MENSA, Intertel and Colloquy—all formed for the mentally gifted—the most important thing is the balance of head and heart, knowledge and wisdom. After graduating from high school with a GED at 16, he has gone on to obtain degrees in mathematics and Trans-cultural Epistemology, but the intelligence which has held the most fascination for Buhner is…

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Can DNA Tell the Whole Story?

By Christina Sarich

Our genes have long been ballyhooed as either a death sentence or the touch of genius, bestowing upon us anything from pristine health and an agile mind, to cancer, neurological disease, or birth ‘defects.’ But what if our fate is determined by something else? What if our genes were merely building blocks, and a greater intelligence was in charge of whether we could make a basketball free throw, or die at 46 due to a genetic predisposition for cardiac arrest? Genetic determinism is the idea…

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